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Jul 12, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. and bob costas will be with us to talk about the fallout. nbc news exclusive, richard with those who lived an unimaginable day. >>> tonight, an alert from doctors about propeca, serious side effects that could be permanent. >>> and rock of ages. they've been playing hard since jfk was in the white house. tonight mick and keith and company take time to reflect on 50 years as the stones. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. penn state may never ever recover from this. in case you had any doubt about the impact of the child sex abuse scandal that's enveloped one of the great names in college sports, today made it crystal clear when the report came out from louis freeh, former head of the fbi, saying some powerful campus leaders showed a total and consistent disregard for abuse victims while protecting other big names on campus versus the rights of powerless victims. it was another devastating day in state college, pennsylvania. before we hear from bob costas on the imp
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Jul 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
of nbc sports. he's with us tonight. dan, this has a mighty casey aspect about it. though you in the trade, you guys who follow swimming year-round, knew lochte to be number one in the sport. it still is going to come as quite a drama to the folks joining us and watching this tonight. >> absolutely, brian. this is one race the 400 im, the most grueling of the races. and essentialological amichael phelps didn't start training seriously until a few months ago. lochte has been considered the best swimmer in the world for quite some time now. everybody's used to phelps winning gold medals, let alone off the podium. it was pretty surreal. >> and dan, the two will meet again, i understand, thursday. both of them have individual races, and a lot of them in the days to come? >> they will. they have three more individual events to go. it will be very interesting to see how michael phelps bounces back. they'll be head-to-head we expect. but michael phelps just barely made it into the 400 im by .04 of a second. but he's a great olympic champion, the best of all-time. i expect him to bounce
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Jul 10, 2012 6:30pm EDT
are facing across the country. >> ron allen starting us off tonight in scranton, pennsylvania. as we mentioned, this tough economy is what was on voter's minds today. as both president obama and mitt romney campaigned in key battlegrounds. white house correspondent kristen welker with us tonight traveling with the president. cedar rapids, iowa. kristen, good evening. >> good evening to you, brian. things like iowa and colorado will make all the difference in november. the candidates continue to spar over who's best equipped to fix the economy. in ames, iowa, republican william buttermoore says he wants a change. >> it's a very, very slow recovery, if there's a recovery at all. >> he's going to vote for mitt romney. but less than five miles away, mike wright a democrat says he's worried romney would mishandle the fragile economy. >> i plan to attend a democratic local party meeting. >> president obama stumped in iowa today, while mitt romney took his campaign to colorado. >> this was a state that gave me a chance when nobody else would. >> we going to win here in november? >> trying t
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Jul 23, 2012 5:30pm PDT
sophisticated tests used and the state hospital is hypersensitive to the issue of are we being played by a defendant here? >> reporter: holmes is back in solitary now in the county jail. his next court appearance next monday will be for formal charges against him and then perhaps a month or two after that the formal arraignment at which time he will enter a plea -- guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity. >> mike taibbi starting us off from the courthouse, centennial, colorado tonight. mike, thanks. >>> as we heard families of some of the victims were in that courtroom today. nbc's kate snow has an update on the survivors and more on some of those who lost their lives. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. last night there was a huge vigil here, a prayer vigil. thousands of people sang "amazing grace" together united in pain. they're trying to heal together but today many of them took time out to confront their nightmare. david sanchez was supposed to be at a maternity ward this morning awaiting the birth of his grandson. >> we never thought we'd have
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Jul 28, 2012 6:30pm EDT
of any of the summer olympics' opening ceremonies. nbc's kevin tibbles is here with us covering all of it. good evening. >> brian, talk about the highest of drama on the opening day. the greatest swimmer of all time at these games against the challenger who says he wants to be king. well, tonight, ryan lochte dethroned michael phelps. >> phelps in lane four -- >> it was a showdown like no other on the olympic stage. 14-time gold medalist michael phelps taking on the challenger, ryan lochte. >> there are two major duel that's we would have between lochte and phelps. this is the first one. and i think, my opinion, is the most important one because it sets up the momentum for the rest of the olympic games. >> reporter: they call the men's 400 individual medley the toughest race of all and phelps has owned it. winning gold in athens and beijing. eight grueling laps. but at this morning's preliminaries, phelps was sluggish, barely making the cut by the narrowest of margins, .07 of a second. and he wasn't happy. phelps was trying to save energy for the final, to the point where he almost
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Jul 27, 2012 6:30pm EDT
continuing political fallout from mitt romney's visit and his comments to us about these games. >>> and a look back at the last time london welcomed the world. the world was a very different place in 1948. tonight the gold medal winners from team usa who we've assembled to share their memories with us. "nightly news" from london memories with us. "nightly news" from london begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's all under way here in london tonight. this massive global event kicking off in spectacular style as our viewers in the u.s. are about to see. what we can show you concerning what's already transpired, the interesting choice of the same front page photos by the newspapers here, part of the pyro technics show in the stadium tonight. the broadcast features an unusual james bond moment and a first for the queen of england who let's just say makes a rather dramatic entrance. now, tomorrow in the light of day, londoners will wake up in full olympics mode. tonight an estimated 1 billion people will watch these games kick off. a spectacu
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Jul 18, 2012 6:30pm EDT
spiked. martin fletcher with us from tel aviv tonight. good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. israeli security officials say that they warned bulgaria of terrorist plans to attack israelis and they even asked for extra security around buses from airports to hotels. clearly today, it was still not enough security. smoke billowed into the sky, marking the scene of carnage in an airport parking lot. 5:30 in the afternoon local time, 150 israeli tourists were boarding buses to go to their hotels in the black sea resort. one bus carried mostly teenagers. an israeli eyewitness who was lightly wounded said a man boarded the bus and then a massive explosion. it still is not clear, was it a suicide bomber? a device left on the bus? police don't have answers yet and nobody has claimed responsibility. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu immediately said, quote, all signs point to iran. and they widened the net. >> any other group under the auspices of either iran or other radical muslim groups. >> reporter: he warned israel will identify them and, quote, settle the accoun
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Jul 7, 2012 6:30pm EDT
at the grocery store. estimated 75% of products that consumers use including corn. back in new york city, you would think the heat would be good for iced cream sales. >> right now it is too hot. >> reporter: and people are still out tonight despite all of this heat. experts are reminding people to stay hydrated and that goes for your pets too. >> thank you. let's find out more about that storm threat and relief. kelly cast joins us now. >> reporter: millions of people sweating it out. from the midwest to now the east coa coast. you can see the area shaded in the darker orange that is dangerous heat to be hout doors make sure you stay hydrated. we have a cold front sagging to the south. new york city will get a cool wind cooling us back to average we are talking the mid 80s. severe weather a threat with that cool down. severe thunderstorm watches are in effect for the entire state of new jersey. right now philadelphia under a severe thunderstorm warning, dangerous lightening. this storm has a history of downing trees and power lines. >> kelly cast, thank you. and torrential rains in
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Jul 9, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in arkansas. >> woo, come on. come on, girls. >> reporter: it's a routine karen is used to -- feeding her cows -- but this usually happens later in the year -- october or november -- after the grass is gone. her pastures have never been this brown and barren this early. >> it's just devastating. it looks like what i count the desert. >> reporter: she has sold off 100 of her 250-head herd because she can't afford to feed them. the most severe drought in the state's history could soon claim her livelihood of three decades. >> if no significant rain comes, i'll have to go out of business. i just don't have any grass and won't be able to afford the hay prices. >> reporter: while government scientists say more than half the country is in some form of drought, this entire state is dry. farm equipment sits idle. there's nothing to cut and bale. the only real activity is at the sales auction, ranchers selling off cattle, a move experts say could raise beef prices by 10% over the next year. >> the bottom line is if we don't have cattle to produce calves then we're not going to have
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Jul 20, 2012 7:00pm EDT
theaters in this community the same kind all of us go to, the same kind you can find in just about every american community where the same thing is going to be happening this coming weekend as happened here last night. it was the midnight premiere of the movie "batman" a sold out crowd and a few minutes into the movie what took place then will go down as one of the largest mass shootingsn american history. we wanted to lead off with the latest numbers tonight and they are absolutely staggering. 71 people were shot in this incident. 12 of them dead. we have 59 wounded and some of the wounded are struggling with critical injuries. the suspect in this case has been identified as a 24-year-old ph.d candidate, university of colorado, said to be a san diego native to start off with. james eagan holmes. he arrived apparently according to police after much planning. he was suited out from head to toe in tactical gear, carrying multiple weapons. imagine this. inside this state-of-the-art theater, this premiere movie, so many of the people in that theater had no other way of knowing that this wasn
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Jul 27, 2012 5:30pm PDT
start things off for us tonight. chris, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. the long wait is finally over. athletes from 240 nations are here to compete for 906 medals including more than 500 athletes from team usa. i just saw them walking into the stadium as i was coming over here. and out on the streets of london today the excitement was palatable. big ben rang in the big day in london. and from villages and cities, church towers and town halls, even as bells shattered from the excitement, there were sounds of unadulterated joy. from cheers for the torch making its way along the river thames to delighted children playing with first soccer mom michelle obama and superstar david beckham to excited cheerleaders. >> london rock the house out there. >> reporter: and in the house called buckingham palace v.i.p.s mingled with her majesty, queen elizabeth. her great grandfather and father had opened previous summer games. >> i will take pleasure in declaring open the 2012 london olympic games. >> reporter: even the first competition of the day had a smile inducing story lin
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Jul 20, 2012 5:30pm PDT
apparently booby trapped. we could be here for hours. we could be here for days. >> reporter: using a hook and ladder fire truck and a camera connected to a pole, police discovered multiple incendiary devices. >> right now in the back of the car getting him transported. any ambulance we could get would be nice. >> reporter: the victims were rushed to multiple hospitals including a mother with her infant. >> i just grabbed my daughter and got out as fast as i could. >> reporter: four members of the military. among the dead, 24-year-old jessica ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster. britney jackson considers herself lucky. she gave her movie ticket away when she became ill and was in the hospital when victims started pouring in. >> there were people unconscious, people bleeding. i saw one bed go past, poor guy had blood caked all over his face. >> reporter: tonight colorado's third largest city is in shock, a community grieving. miguel almaguer, nbc news, aurora, colorado. >> when we arrived on the scene this afternoon we immediately had a conversation with one of the witnesses. she is 24 y
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Jul 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
www.dns-ok.us. thanks for joining us. we'll see you at 6:00. good night. breaking point as more heat records are broken and the death toll rises some are starting to get a break from all of this severe weather. tonight a new threat of more dangerous storms. >>> under attack, the vicious virus that may be hiding in your computer. what you need to do tonight before it's too late. >>> adult playgrounds taking the gym outside in one of the hottest new exercise trends. best of all, they are free. >>> and back to the future. how did a grown man find a way to interview himself when he was 12 years old? tonight the man behind the video that's gone viral. >>> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. as this long holiday week draws to an end, so does the crippling heatwave that has taken 66 lives since late june. temperatures dropped to the mid 80s in parts of the midwest that only a few days were sweltering under triple-digit temps. however, it remained dangerously hot further east in places like washington, d.c. which g
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Jul 1, 2012 6:30pm EDT
can you tell us? >> good evening. by the way atlanta set an all time high of 106. we thought it would get a couple of degrees cooler. hit 106. it took the city 32 years to break that all time record but only one day to tie it. in oo louisville, kentucky four consecutive days with 100 degree heat. in south carolina the heat index of 116. planning a break on monday with temperatures still 5 to 10 dgz above average. on july 4th the core of heat shifts west. on friday storms knocked out power to 200,000 customers in chicago. winds were clocked at 80 miles per hour. it is much smaller and showing no signs of growth both promising signs. if they make it to d.c. it would be after midnight if they make it here. they would be much weaker. >> thanks so much. >>> out west tonight firefighters are gaining ground on that massive wildfire burning in colorado. at this hour 57 major fires are still burning across the country. 50 of them west of the mississippi. the fire near colorado springs torched homes and prompted thousands of evacuations. tonight some evacuees are returning home getting their fi
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Jul 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
and an acknowledgement by the u.s. that mistakes were made. nbc's jim miklaszewski joins us tonight from the pentagon with more. jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, natalie. that bitter dispute exploded last november, when american air strikes mistakenly killed 24 pakistani troops. when the u.s. refused to apologize, pakistan closed down two critical supply lines into afghanistan. and vital shipments were backed up at the border. today those routes were reopen, when secretary of state hillary clinton told pakistan, we are sorry for the loss of pakistani forces. u.s. officials insist this was not an apology, but it was good enough for pakistan. those routes supply american troops with just about everything they need to survive, and will be just as critical to ending the war. they're the same routes american forces will take to withdraw from afghanistan over the next two years. natalie? >> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon for us tonight, thank you. >>> the fda has approved a new over the counter test for hiv that can be used at home, and gets results in about a half an hour.
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Jul 31, 2012 7:00pm EDT
mile swath was plunged into darkness. officials overwhelmed, blamed the states for using more power than they were allocated by the national government. record blackouts are bound to happen, as an outdated grid just can't keep up with the appetite of an emerging superpower. >> there are going to be a lot of tough questions to answer because this has been the worst we've seen in over a decade. >> reporter: india is used to blackouts. most key facilities like airports and power plants have generators. the added cost of fuel to run the generators hurts struggling indians. we need electricity, our machines don't work, and generators aren't that helpful. everyone's in trouble he said. tonight power has returned to the capital of new delhi, but across the world's second most populous nation, tens of millions remain in the dark. jim maceda, nbc news, london. >>> now to the conflict in syria, it's been going on as you know, for 17 months. and this all out battle for the city of aleppo is in its 12th day. tonight richard engel has learned of a development in that battle that may be a turning
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Jul 11, 2012 7:00pm EDT
us off tonight. peter, thanks. >> there's been a moderately talked about mystery in the last few weeks, talked about mostly in washington, all the way west to chicago. democratic congressman, jesse jackson, jr., the son of the civil rights leader, has been missing away from his job for the past four weeks and not heard from. tonight we have learned more about where he is and where he's been. our report from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> his namesake is both a blessing and a curse, jesse jackson, jr. >> he is my father and my friend, i now present to you the reverend jesse jackson. >> reporter: born at the height of the civil rights movement, raised in national politics by a famous father. himself once a rising star. now missing in action, not seen in congress since early june. while battling a house ethics investigation, reported marital problems, and, his parents say, significant physical and emotional pain. >> we hope he'll be fully restored to his health. right now he's going through a tremendous challenge. >> reporter: friends and colleagues say he was far from chicago's south si
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Jul 6, 2012 6:30pm EDT
124 points. to put this number into some sense of context here, in order for us to get the unemployment rate down to 6%, economists say the economy would have to grow and add 360,000 jobs every month for the next three years. the hints of good news in the economy, we have low gas prices, a slight improvement in the housing market, that's hopefully a sign of some recovery. kate, back to you. >> tom costello, thanks for that report. let's get the story behind those numbers from cnbc's steve liesman and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. steve, i'll begin with you. the question probably most of our viewers have why on earth is it taking so long for jobs to come back? >> reporter: let me tell you first where economists agree, they agree that the financial shock from the financial recession or crisis is one that will linger for many years. consumers are still shedding debt. the housing market has still not come back in a meaningful way. typically housing leads to recession. there is more debate on the issue of president obama's regulatory poli
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Jul 8, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. martin fletcher is following the story from cairo for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. speaking of japan, secretary of state hillary clinton warned syria that time is running out for president assad and the estate of syria could collapse. >> not only will fewer people die but there's a chance to save the syrian state from a catastrophic assault that would be very dangerous not only to syria but to the region. >> reporter: and with another 100 syrians killed today the u.n. special envoy said the mission is a failure. assad isn't climbing down. military exercises this weekend his armed forces were defending syria from outside aggression. he found support in iran, syria's closest ally and warned catastrofy if there is no solution soon. assad said he is not afraid of meeting the same fate of the leaders of egypt and libya. >>> back in this country a cyber threat is making a lot of people nervous tonight. the prospect of a nasty computer virus could cut off internet access. we will get more of that story from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> reporter: a s
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Jun 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
fire stations. residents were asked not to use water after treatment centers went offline overnight. in bethesda, a pga tour hosted by tiger woods had spectators not to come. next flix, pinterest and instagram were down. no power means no air-conditioning. the heat showed no scienign s o letting up. temperatures were expected to top 100 degrees after hitting triple digits yesterday, including a statewide record of 113 degrees. >> kind of like an oven. >> reporter: in atlanta today, organizers at a youth football camp were taking no chances. for every ten minutes of play -- >> we have a five minute water break. >> reporter: a five-minute water break and the city opened the pool to the public free of charge. >> we know that the temperatures were getting this high this weekend, we couldn't wait to get to the pool. >> reporter: and kate, if all that weren't enough, this heat is expected to last well into next week, and the local utility this afternoon is making robocalls to residents who don't have power warning them it could be a full week before the lights come back on. kate. >> mike in w
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Jul 12, 2012 5:30pm PDT
godly saint that some of us made him out to be, including myself. >> reporter: tonight a family spokesman issued a statement saying, joe paterno wasn't perfect. he made mistakes and he regretted them. meanwhile, lawyers for curley and schultz criticized the freeh report, calling it a lopsided document based on an incomplete report. brian? >> mike isikoff, state college, pa, tonight. thanks. >>> bob costas of nbc sports is already at our olympic headquarters in london preparing to host the olympic coverage on nbc. bob, the big question, i guess, is, what does this do to penn state, the program, the school, the brand, the aura of the nittany lions? >> well, the aura, the reputation, that's already been badly tarnished. i think even the most staunch loyalists realize something that can't be rationalized away occurred here. and then outside penn state, the reputation of the university has taken a very, very serious hit. the ncaa has a term that it sometimes uses when punishing schools for violations in their athletic departments, lack of institutional control. if this doesn't meet t
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Jul 13, 2012 7:00pm EDT
>>> on the broadcast tonight, on the record mitt romney sits down with us one-on-one trying to set things straight after an ugly war of words over his business career. chemical weapons on the move in syria. where are they headed and why? u.s. officials are concerned as the violence there explodes. two weeks out and a lot of opening jitters in london. a massive show of force before the mes begin. and here at home, growing controversy over those american olympic uniforms made in china. tonight the folks at ralph lauren are announcing a change. and making a difference for children in some of the toughest places on earth. a one woman dynamo still going strong at 90. a one woman dynamo still going strong at 90. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. mitt romney planned all along to run for president based on his private sector business experience. at the same time the obama campaign has had months to prepare an attack on mitt romney based on just that his private sector business experience. just today this issue and romney's past in th
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Jul 24, 2012 6:30pm EDT
issued a new threat. it has chemical weapons and they're willing to use them against ex-tternal aggression. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has been able to get back inside syria, and report from there for us tonight. >> reporter: syrian forces have launched a major counter offensive. fighting for the last 48 hours to maintain control of syria's commercial capital and biggest city. assad is fighting hard here, because he's already lost control of nearly all the towns around allepo. the town itself is sealed off. we managed to enter a town just 15 miles away, now in rebel hands. we were shocked at the amount of destruction. the town is still under attack. 11 people were killed here today by government shelling. on a ruined street, we found this woman with her son killed in front of her. my god punish bashar she cried. there were 30,000 people in this town, now only the rebels remain. this is it the cost of driving out assad's forces. as this war continues, without outside help for intervention, syria is being destroyed one town at a time. down an abandoned street, a
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Jul 17, 2012 5:30pm PDT
the planet next to water. >> reporter: and the price of corn affects almost everything. >> we use corn as a feed for livestock, as a feed for poultry. so when the price of corn goes up, that pushes up the price of just about everything that we buy at the supermarket. >> reporter: and lots of other corn products we buy too, from crayons to car tires to shampoo and make-up. the consumer will pay the price. >> at this particular time, with a weak economy, a weak job market and weak wage gains, any increase in price is something that's going to hurt more than it normally would. >> reporter: but for now, life on the farms of america's heartland is just plain tough. life for many farmers as they sit and watch their crops dry up, all they can do is look to the heavens and pray for rain. but, brian, for many of them, rain just isn't coming. >> what a sad story there for those family farms. kevin tibbles in waterloo, iowa tonight. >>> for more on the worst of it, where it's headed next, eric fisher is with us from washington, d.c., tonight where, by the way, the temperature reached a high
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Jul 22, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. kate snow has been on the scene since friday and she joins us to lead our coverage of the theater shooting. good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you lester from aurora, colorado where the investigation into the suspect james holmes has taken several new turns but tonight this focus here in this field behind me where a vigil is being held is on the victims. 12 people killed, 58 more wounded. 24 remain in the hospital, nine of them in critical condition. tonight the president is mourning along with the families who suffered overwhelming loss. miguel, good evening. >> the president has arrived here in aurora to meet with first responders and the victims. the vigils here are growing larger as the community comes together. >> reporter: on a day of prayer and reflection a community torn apart by violence comes together. >> lots of us, maybe all of us, keep asking why. >> reporter: today they remember the victims. >> john larimer. >> eventually you get the spirit to move on but we'll never forget. >> reporter: in texas jessica ghawi's parents are grieving. >> no parent should go th
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Jul 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
federal stipend from the national institutes of health. could he have used that money to pay for his arsenal? no direct answer from the school. >> it's the national standard for supplying living stipends to ph.d. students so they can devote 100% of their effort to their research. >> reporter: but holmes was reportedly devoting much of his effort elsewhere. he turned his apartment into a booby trapped killing zone. nbc news has confirmed he registered on at least one dating site. he called himself classic jim on match.com. said his soul penetrating eyes were his notable feature. and that he spends a lot of time thinking about the future. a question for any possible matches, will you visit me in prison? after seeing him in his prison jumpsuit, the father of one of the victims was emotional. >> he was one of the best sons any man could ever have. and i've been honored to know him. >> reporter: two items of upbeat news today. "batman" star christian bale is in aurora visiting victims of the shooting. and early this morning, katie medley gave birth to hugo jackson medley. her husband
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Jul 25, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in london. the first stop of his first overseas trip of this campaign season and a chance for us to sit down with the presumptive gop nominee. more on that in just a moment. >>> first again tonight our attention is focused on the aftermath and investigation in colorado. a huge development in the case today. something from the accused gunman himself that was sent before the shooting that if discovered earlier might have changed this story. it's where we begin, again, tonight with miguel alguer in aurora, colorado. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. a judge issued a gag order in this case, so police cannot publicly comment on the evidence they have received and gathered. law enforcement sources tell nbc news the suspect did mail a package which could become a valuable piece of evidence. senior law enforcement sources say accused gunman james holmes mailed the package here to the university of colorado medical center in aurora. the package is said to contain details writings about, quote, killing people. >> it's an important factor in assessing whether or not he wa
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Jul 26, 2012 7:00pm EDT
for us. he's traveling with the candidate here in london to start us off. boy, this got interesting in a hurry. >> sometimes a small thing concerning a big deal, brian, especially overseas. mitt romney certainly did not expect this when he planned his trip to london and now on the eve of the opening ceremony he spent the day on the defensive. it wasn't the cheering british welcome mitt romney was hoping for. >> mitt romney has turned on the charm during his visit to britain by questioning the country's ability to host the olympic games. >> reporter: but the message that he wanted to get out on this trip has been obscured. >> if he is here to make a friend he's got a funny way of showing it. >> reporter: criticism exploded on newspaper headlines. "the guardian," the times." "the telegraph" fired off this commentary. mitt romney is perhaps the only politician that could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive. touring the olympic park in london this morning prime minister david cameron weighed in. >> well, we are hol
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Jul 18, 2012 7:00pm EDT
with us here in the studio. >> picture this inside job. a meeting of the top officials, there to discuss how to continue the crackdown. how to keep the rebels from advancing on damascus when suddenly, the room explodes. it is just a sign of how little control the government still has and a sign that this could be one of the final stages in this conflict. government troops fight to retain control of damascus after an attack that has shaken the regime and raised doubts about its survival. buildings in the capital smoldered, in fighting so intense the army had to call in helicopters. this just hours after state television announced that a bomb exploded wednesday morning during a national security meeting killing at least the defense minister, his deputy who was also president assad's feared brother-in-law, and the vice president. more than a dozen others in the meeting were reportedly injured, perhaps killed. it is unclear if president assad was there. the government isn't saying. >> it is part of the conflict. assad has not been seen publicly since this interview with german televi
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Jul 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. in chicago tourists found a new use for the iconic bean sculpture. shade from the sun. >> what did you think when you saw the shade? >> oh, let me in there. let me in there. >> this is really cool. guys did a good job. >> literally cool. >> it is cool here. >> reporter: a few blocks away heat buckled the pavement. >> this is happening across the country from wisconsin to texas. you're seeing streets buckling all over the place. >> reporter: in st. louis where it broke 100 degrees for the eighth straight day air conditioning repairmen worked overtime. >> i worked yesterday. >> reporter: today more record highs. at least 20 cities from atlanta to as far north as wisconsin. forecasters say relief may be just around the corner. >> we are looking at this pattern change to take place by the end of this weekend and certainly by the beginning of next week. it's going to feel much more comfortable especially for the middle of the country. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of people remain without power after last week's storms. outside washington, d.c. most of lisa's neighbors have electri
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Jul 16, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, mississippi and the dry heat isn't going anywhere. >> brian? >> kevin tibbles, walker, iowa to start us off tonight. kevin, thanks. >>> another side effect of the widespread drought has been the terrible wildfire season so far. in northern california 12 firefighters were injured battling a big fire burning across steep and rugged terrain there. and for people living in areas where the wildfires have already charred the surrounding landscape, there is another danger to worry about now and that's flash floods. our report from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the most destructive wildfire in colorado history scorched 28 square miles. >> obviously rock 'n' rolled through here. killed all the trees, all the vegetation. >> reporter: and it destroyed nearly 350 homes. >> we're very fortunate. >> reporter: warren pierce's house was spared. now he is preparing for the next disaster -- flash flooding and mud slides. >> it's going to go on for years. >> reporter: these hillside homes sit surrounded by acre after acre of blackened dirt. >> this is like having a sheet of wax paper and it is below the
NBC
Jul 11, 2012 6:30pm EDT
it all for us. kelly, what's going on there? >> well, brian, this was the 33rd time that the house voted to repeal or cut funding for the president's health care law. this is key. it was the first time since the supreme court upheld the law as constitutional but did say that the individual mandate, the requirement everyone buy insurance is a tax. that word tax gave new political fuel to house republicans who wanted to compel democrats to vote on this issue, to be on the record. will they support this new health care tax as defined by the court. this will play out in all of their campaigns. it's a big issue for the fall, but the practical effect brian is senate democrats it won't go anywhere there. it's about taking a stand and both parties did that today. >> kelly o'donnell, thanks. from washington we go all the way west now. hate happened again. another american city is broke, barely able to make payroll. it has declared bankruptcy. it's the third city in california to take this drastic step in just two weeks' time. tonight some people are warning the same perfect storm that hit s
NBC
Jul 2, 2012 6:30pm EDT
kline pushed the sales force to push hard even for uses not federally approved. >> who wants to be a millionaire? >> reporter: today the company admitted its sales force bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs by offering such incentives as hawaiian vacations and tickets to madonna concerts. all part, the government says, of a range of misbehavior that resulted today in the largest fine ever paid by a drug company, $3 billion. >> this historic action is a clear warning to any company that chooses to break the law. >> reporter: here is some of what the company admitted doing -- promoting the use of its antidepressant paxil for children even though studies failed to show it worked for them, failing to warn that the diabetes drug could cause heart attacks and claiming unapproved uses for another antidepressant wellbutrin by saying it could help patients lose weight and overcome sexual problems. >> hired a public relations firm to create a buzz about getting skinny and how you could have more sex simply by using this drug. >> reporter: today the ceo said the behavior happened in a differen
NBC
Jul 14, 2012 6:30pm EDT
new price tag. nbc's michelle fransen has the detail snooze we are used to it at the pump one price for cash and a higher one for plastic. that surcharge could be coming to other places. up to 3.75% to cover expenses. this week, visa mastercard and other banks agreed to a $7 billion settlement in a price fixing case brought by retailers. now that merchants have the green light to pass on surcharges to the customer. the big question is will they? experts say it is risky. the second they start charging the customers more. that is what is going to anger the customer. that is the last thing they are going to want to do especially coming off of the recession. customers still have the choice to pay by cash or debit card. >> you think it isn't going to add up but it does. >> if people start charging to use credit cards atm will become my best friend. >> ten states have laws prohibiting merchants from passing them along. and many big chain stores have the ability to negotiate fees and may not pass along the surcharge. but for many small stores swipe fees add up. >> i feel apprehensive about
NBC
Jul 19, 2012 6:30pm EDT
common story. protection from the vaccine that's been used since 1997 often wanes over time so children and adults can get infected even if they got their baby shots. usually they don't get too sick but can put infants at risk. scientists want a better vaccine but meanwhile the key to containing outbreaks is to get booster shots for both children and adults. in washington state and other outbreak sites people have been lining up to get their boosters. i'm jeff gordon warning parents about pertussis. >> reporter: while the march of dimes and other organizations are putting out the message. >> ask your health care provider about the pertussis vaccine. >> reporter: there is evidence the boosters are bringing the outbreaks under control, but experts say new cases will continue to pop up until all infants, children, and adults are properly immunized. robert bazell, nbc news, new york. >> our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman is already in london tonight part of our team covering the olympics. nancy, especially people with small kids are going to see this and worry. what can f
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